I love finding artist. A few weeks ago I came across Allison Cole's work in her Etsy shop and knew I had to share her work with y'all.
|Find Joy in the Little Things by bangyourthread|
|artwork by Allison Cole for Oopsy Daisy|
1. When did you first begin creating art?
I first began creating art as a young child and never stopped. I graduated with a B.F.A. in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2003. Printmaking was a wonderful major where I could experiment with my love of illustration and learn interesting methods for creating multiples, it is truly the foundation of what I do now. Currently I work as a freelance illustrator and surface designer and use my Etsy shop to experiment with ideas and play around with non-client related projects, which is really important for my creative happiness! I am lucky that the vast majority of client projects I work on are wonderful but there is nothing quite like coming up with a product or idea yourself and seeing it through.
|tea towel by Allison Cole|
|pin back buttons by bangyourthread|
2. What is your favorite/most sentimental creation you have made? Why?
My favorite creation I have made… Hmm, I don't know if I have one! Every new project is my favorite project. And I tend to evaluate my previous work with a super critical eye - maybe that's what art school did to me! However a project that I have been super excited about recently is my brand new fabric collections for Camelot Fabrics - Happy Jungle and Festive Forest. The collections have just hit fabric stores and online shops - I have not had the chance to create anything with the fabrics yet but I can't wait to get my hands on them and start making things! Working on fabric has been a dream come true - a perfect opportunity to combine my illustration work with my crafty side.
|floral notebooks by bangyourthread|
3. Is there a project you've always dreamed of creating? What would it be?
I've always dreamed of creating something in a totally different media from what I've previously done - anything that is not made from paper or fabric. I have always thought it would be fun to try creating jewelry or ceramics that somehow incorporates my illustration style and colors. I'm a big time sketchbook doodler and a lot of those beginnings of ideas like that end up in there, sometimes I look back and find the old ideas years later when I'm ready to take them on!
|You & Me by bangyourthread|
Allison thank you so much for sharing with us today!
Be sure to visit Allison's Etsy shop AND use the coupon code: BLOGLOVE gets you 20% off purchases of $5 or more - Valid through 6/21/13.
Connect with Allison:
Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/bangbangyourethread